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Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood continues on a roll, with three more wins added to yesterdays two, makes it five in a row and well on the way to securing overall IRC Racing class victory. Slick crew work seems to be the winning formula. The mainly professional team are joined by Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy, Malaysian Olympic Laser sailor and his sister, as Roberts likes to encourage Malaysian sailors to experience all disciplines of the sport. Equally up to the work rate, Kevin Whitcraft’s defending champion TP52 THA 72 continues to circulate with precision but only minutes separate them, and had to settle on three 2nd places. Dato Khalilur Rahman’s DK 46 Janda Baik skippered by Khairul Zakaria and the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Sail Association Farr 520 Zuhal, skippered by Norhafisam and DK47 Uranus skippered by Mohd Masyuri, are having a private battle for 3rd place but some breakages and mixed results, leaves them in the respective order and within a couple points of each other.
Mixed results in the ten yacht IRC 1 class produced a few changes in the order. Victory on the first race for Vincent Chan’s Malaysian Team on his Titan 36 Mata Hari, followed by 2nd and 3rd places, keeps them on the top of the table but others are closing in on them. Two wins for the Russians on Alexey Mashkin’s Cookson 12m MegaZip, and as the drop race comes into play, they drop an earlier 7th place and hold onto 3rd overall. The Japanese on Kazuki Kihara’s First 40.7 Char Chan posted a score line of 2, 4, 2 to stay in 2nd overall and with only seconds separating the top four boats, this class is still very open for the taking. Recalled at the start of Race 2, Scott Bradley’s Sydney 40 East Marine Emagine, is lingering in 4th place and will have to revive their earlier form to catch the leaders.
In the heavy going, Stuart Williamson’s First 34.7 APW Endeavour of Whitby, struck form to claim victory on the first race. Then it was Niels Degenkolw’s X 3/4 ton Mk2 Phoenix, turn for victory but on the third race they played follow the leader, around the wrong mark and Endeavour of Whitby gracefully retired, while Phoenix was disqualified. This becomes their drop race, and Phoenix still leads the IRC 2 class with Endeavour of Whitby in 2nd overall, but can’t afford any more discrepancies. Although Jeremy Camps Impala 28 OOD The Blue Angel ended up winning the race and Richard Morris Schock 35 Salina slotted into 2nd place, they are 3rd and 4th respectively in the overall stakes.
Muhd Uzzair Amin’s MSA Team stuck gold in the Sportsboat class, with three wins to go top of the class and 4 points in front of 2nd place. Mixed results for Harisfabillah’s Navy 1 and Rizal Mahadi Sazli (Tom) Royal Selangor Yacht Club Team, and with the drop race coming into play, they are tied on 9 points and fighting over 2nd overall but will have to come to terms with the conditions, to catch the leader.
Once again only a minute of corrected time separated Dan Fidock’s Moore 36 Fugazi and John Newnham’s Twin Sharks, with Fugazi scoring two wins and Twin Sharks one win, by a mere 45 seconds. This leaves them separated by one point and knowing their determination and past performances, it will go down to the last race. Bob McIntyre’s Stealth 13 Allegro scored 3rd, DNF and DNS, which puts them out of contention with 3rd overall in the three boat Multihull class.
The change of pace and conditions, saw Tristram Denyer’s Baveria 37 Iseulta back on form, to record two wins and take over the lead in the Club Cruising class. A dip in form on the second race with 4th place, relegated the Malaysian Armed Forces Contessa 32 Marikh, skippered by Hasani Hassan down to 2nd overall. Recovering from 6th place in yesterdays race, Rama Menon’s Dehler 38 VG Offshore, came home strong with 3rd and 2nd places, to shoot up the table to 3rd overall and is now tied on 11 points with Tong Jian Quan’s Slipper 42 YBC Atom and Keith Miller’s Harmony 38 Sade 2.
There is no stopping A’dale Adham Ayahudin’s Oyster 55 Chantique, in these conditions and by posting two convincing wins, goes to the top of the Ocean Rover class. Datuk Richard Curtis’ 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline, and Jack Christensen’s Bavaria 49 Linda, traded 2nd and 3rd places, but as it’s Linda first appearance, they are 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Racing continues tomorrow, with the Round the Islands Race and the Race Committee will offer an early start to Club Cruising and Ocean Rover/White Sail classes only.
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